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Awards Given at Our 2019 Annual Exhibition

Check out the art and artists that were recognized with major awards at CVWG’s 2019 annual exhibition at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. These winners were announced at the juror’s Gallery Talk at the September 6 opening.

Thanks to all artists who entered this year’s exhibition for your work and helping to promote the arts in our communities.

Congratulations to all our award winners and a special call out to artist Christie Jones for her Best in Show award, above, entitled “Soup’s Good Today”.

Firnew Farm’s “Reflections”

REFLECTIONS is the 7th Annual Group Art & Photography Show at Woodberry Forest School’s Baker Gallery, September 2 – October 27, with a reception on Saturday, September 7 from 5 – 8 pm.

It is the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle seventeenth year together. What started as a small group of local artists coming together to paint has become an established and thoughtful group of creative artists crossing all kinds of artistic boundaries*.

From Firnew director, Trish Crowe, “Jon Perry is this year’s featured artist. He was inspired by Antonio Gaudi, also known as God’s Architect and designer of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. Jon’s paintings of stained-glass windows from La Sagrada Familia represent the four seasons and seemed perfect for this year’s Reflections Exhibition.”

A collaborative effort with the Virginia Master Naturalists will also be on display. The Socrates Project: Poisonous Plants in Virginia, will feature educational information and Firnew artwork inspired by the project.

For more information about Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle, see

*The group includes eight members of CVWG…Trish Crowe, Anne Dean, Sue Linthicum, Carol Pivarnik, Chee Ricketts, Mack Rowe, Sue Stover, and Patricia Williams.

Beyond the Guilded Frame

FFACSpringShow2019 FrontInviteFirnew Farm’s 16th Annual Spring Art & Photography show will be held on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 from 1-5 PM. 

Over 90 pieces of artwork by 35 local and regional artists will be on display and for sale. We will feature two- and three-dimensional artwork in the Barn Gallery. Our Silo installation will provide educational information from The Socrates Project: Poisonous Plants in Virginia and original Firnew artwork inspired by the project.

Music by Toni Clare

3:00 p.m. Tucker Hill Scholarship Presentation

Firnew Barn Gallery, 19 Wolftown-Hood Road, Hood, VA 22723

–Trish Crowe

Art Talk by Judi Ely and Chee Ricketts

Annie Gould Gallery
presents an
Art Talk

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 at 11:00  am

As part of this month’s exhibit, we are delighted that Chee Kludt Ricketts and Judith Ely will be at Annie Gould Gallery on Thursday, February 28th at 11 am to present a lively and informative discussion of their painting techniques.

Admission is free and spaces are limited.
Please RSVP to
or call the gallery:

Morning Mist, October

transparent watercolor on canvas

Chee Ricketts will explain the relatively new and exciting process of painting with transparent watercolor on canvases or panels, including information on necessary supplies and equipment required.


Judith Ely will describe her innovative process of creating depth by using layers of acrylic paint. As each layer takes shape, Judith builds thought-provoking compositions.


The  list of winners from Friday night’s opening of the annual CVWG exhibit at McGuffey!

Best in Show  Holly Etheridge, “At My Drawing Table”

46A, At My Drawing Table, watercolor and graphite, 24x18

Juror’s Choice   Sally Mook , “Flying Trapeze”

45B, Trapeze, acrylic, 26x32

CVWG Memorial Award  Linda Verhagan, “Ocean Fingers”

34A, Ocean Fingers, watercolor, 28x36

Eloise Gardiner Giles Honorary Award   John Hancock , “Late Summer Pasture – Augusta County”

57B, Late Summer Pasture, Augusta County, watercolor sketch over pencil, 14x18

Award of Excellence

Byron Dickson – “Captain Gull”

Trish Crowe – “Cucci, Munchen”

Janet H. Martinet – “On the Trail to Mary’s Rock”

Susan C. Rosen – “Etude # 19”

Nancy Wallace – “View from a Balloon”

Robin Poteet – “We Are Stardust”


Annual Exhibit Preparations!

car packedAre you packing your car, headed to Charlottesville for the upcoming CVWG art exhibit?  Bring your painting that was accepted by our juror either Saturday or Sunday (September 1 or 2) between the hours of 1 and 4 pm. Come to the back of McGuffey and you can use the elevator to get to the Main floor. The Starnes Classroom will be on the left. All other doors will be closed.

If you need her, you can reach Pam Roland on her cell which is 434-981-0666.

And if you are helping with the reception on Friday, September 7, remember the Gallery Talk (free and open to the public) begins at 4:30 on the second floor, North end , with Stephen Doherty, our juror and will be followed by a lovely party downstairs at 5:30.Thank you to everyone who will work to make this a lovely event!

PS Watch out! The traffic in Charlottesville on Saturday may be CRAZY because of the opening first HOME football game for UVA!